Germany: Green Projects CAC Completes Water Electrolysis Plant for Research Project Align-CCUS

Editor: Ahlam Rais

The aim of the Align-CCUS project is to utilize CO2 in order to reduce CO2 emissions. As a part of this project, a water electrolysis plant has been established by Chemieanlagenbau Chemnitz who was responsible for planning, procurement, assembly and commissioning of the unit.

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Skid mounted modules of the water electrolysis plant to reduce CO2 emissions.
Skid mounted modules of the water electrolysis plant to reduce CO2 emissions.
(Source: CAC)

Germany – Chemieanlagenbau Chemnitz (CAC) has successfully completed a water electrolysis plant at the Innovation Centre of RWE Power in Niederaussem, North Rhine-Westphalia as part of the international, globally unique research project Align-CCUS. The goal of this project is to develop a technological chain for CO2 utilization and to put this into operation to reduce CO2 emissions. CO2 is directly separated from industrial sources, as it can be captured in far higher concentrations there than in the air. Assigned by Asahi Kasei Europe, the licensor for the water electrolysis, CAC successfully undertook the approach of planning, procurement, assembly and commissioning. For CAC, this is the first plant with this newly-developed technology.

The plant consists of skid mounted modules with the water electrolysis as well as a hydrogen compression and hydrogen treatment unit. The electrolyzer developed by Asahi Kasei and integrated into a fully-automated plant separates water into hydrogen and oxygen. The CO2 obtained from an existing RWE facility and the hydrogen as produced are the feedstocks to produces dimethylether (DME), which can be used as synthetic fuel.

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